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Colorado Springs
Convention &
Visitors Bureau

515 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

1.800.888.4748
1.719.635.7506

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Detailed Itineraries

Seniors Favorite

Day 1: Located just 10 miles north of downtown Colorado Springs, the U.S. Air Force Academy tour is complimentary, and you need about 2 hours. Make a stop at the Visitor Center (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) which has a small gift shop, hot dog concession stand, and a 15-minute film. Continue the tour to the famous Cadet Chapel (main phone number to confirm available tour times: 719-333-2025). The 11:35 noon meal cadet formation, happens daily and is located close to the chapel. Don't miss the B-52 display, Field House, Arnold Hall and Falcon Football Stadium. A local step-on guide for this tour is recommended, as there is much driving involved.

Coaches then usually head south to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center (exit 146 off of I-25; go west on Garden of the Gods Rd., turn left on 30th Street and Center will be on left side 1/2 mile). The Visitor Center is a good starting point for the tour since its 12-minute film (theater holds 125 people) really explains the formation of these huge geological masterpieces. The Center also has 2 gift shops, outside terrace for picnic lunches, deli café offering soups, hot dogs, salads and spectacular views for pictures and geological, nature and historical exhibits. They also have step-on guides available for tours and/or nature walks, etc., (719-634-6666). There is ample parking for coaches. Tour then proceeds through the Garden, stopping 1-2 times for pictures. Second option for group lunch would be at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, located at the other side of the park, (800-874-4515). There is a private, patio garden area for group lunches (up to 200 guests), a Southwestern gift shop and art gallery. Enjoy Native American, "Wolfwalker", a flute player and story teller, during lunch. Allow 1 hour to an hour and a half for lunch and shopping at the Trading Post and 1 hour for a tour of the Garden of the Gods Park.

Another option for lunch would be for group on their own (and combine shopping) in either Manitou Springs (800-642-2567) or Old Colorado City. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours if group is on own for lunch and shopping in Historic Districts of Old Colorado City or Manitou Springs. Both of these unique, quaint towns offer an extensive array of restaurants, cafés, galleries and specialty shops. Driving distance between all of the above attractions is approximately 5-10 minutes.

The Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway is popular with groups and suggested train times are 9:30 a.m. returning at 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. returning at 3:30 p.m., (719-685-5401). Altitude is sometimes a challenge for senior groups. Be sure to have the group drink plenty of water on this trip as well as the rest of their stay at this high altitude. If group does Cog in the afternoon, there will be time to get them back to the hotel and change for a BBQ Chuckwagon dinner and Western Show at the Flying W Ranch, which is very popular with the senior coach groups, (800-232-FLYW).

Those groups taking the earlier cog train might want to have a private group lunch in one of the many historic restaurants located close to the Railway Station in Manitou Springs, The Stagecoach Inn, The Craftwood Inn, Briarhurst Manor-all 3 available for private group lunches).

If the group does not go on the Cog Railway, they might consider Ghost Town Wild West Museum (719-634-0696) or Van Briggle Pottery Art Studio, (719-633-7729) both adjacent to Old Colorado City. In Manitou Springs two other options would be the Miramont Castle, (888-685-1011) or the fascinating Native American Cliff Dwellings Museum, (800-354-9971) which showcases daily Indian dance performances in the summer season.

Another favorite senior tour is visiting the U.S. Olympic Training Complex (located 10-15 minutes from Old Colorado City western downtown Colorado Springs). The free tour includes the new Visitor Center and gift shop, 15-minute film, Hall of Fame display, Olympic Pathway featuring all 45 Olympic/Pan American Games sports and guided walking tour of the training facilities (888-659-8687).

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Van Briggle Pottery

United States Olympic Training


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Garden of the Gods

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